Friday 07 November is the second annual Takeover Day – a chance for children and young people to takeover from adults. Last year the event had over 10,000 young people and 500 organisations taking part. Young people took over schools, newspapers, TV stations, shops and some even took over MPs and football clubs.
I think the Dudley Decision Making Kids, who also helped build the 11million.org.uk website, explain it better than I can:
The initiative is being championed by the Childrens Commissioner for England, Sir Al Aynsley Green. He’s even blogging about it.
There are some pretty interesting ideas for Takeover Day. My favourite is the idea of taking over Harrods for the day and giving the money from the store to charity. It’s just a bit of shame the content isn’t current, that or one of the kids needs to be told Gordon Brown is now the Prime Minister (2.55 into the video)
The bebo site also looks like it could do with a few more members. Still these aren’t insurmountable problems, and if the participation rates are as high as last year, I imagine there will be an increase in how these tools are used.
It sounds like a good idea that’s worth supporting and I’ll be interested to see what this years takeover day will bring.
You can find more information about the project on the 11million.org.uk website.